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May 2014

Orphanides in his paper on ‘What happened in Cyprus’ is being partisan

Professor Athanasios Orphanides published an article titled What Happened in Cyprus? The Economic Consequences of the Last Communist Government in Europe. You can find the MIT Sloan Research Paper that Professor Orphanides published on May 28th here. I include the abstract of the paper below: This paper reviews developments in the Cypriot economy following the introduction of the euro on 1 January 2008 and leading to the economic collapse of the island five years later. The main cause of the collapse is identified with the election of a communist government in February 2008, within two months of the introduction of the euro, and its subsequent choices for action and inaction on economic policy matters. The government allowed a rapid deterioration of public finances, and despite repeated...

Feeling vulnerable is breaking barriers

An entry from my diary: Thursday, May 29th, 2014 Two nights ago I found myself in a hotel with a terrible headache and a rising fever. I haven’t felt as vulnerable in a long while. Thankfully, I had E. with me, who was kind enough to run to the pharmacy and get some painkillers, which made things better. Two days later I’m still on painkillers. My nose is running, my chest is full of disgusting stuff and the constant headache is not going away. Feeling weak is not necessarily a bad thing. It brings down frontiers that have been erected to protect us from reality. Too much reality causes pain. The walls are instinctively built; they are natural. We remove our hand from the fire, we shrink our bodies when we feel vulnerable and we spread our limbs when we feel successful. Walls are part of...

Labour needs a grand vision for Britain

However misguided the Tory vision of a future Britain might be, at least we know they have one. It is time for Labour to start thinking similarly. The numbers attest to this need: recent polls show the first Conservative lead in over two years and give Ed Miliband’s party its smallest share of the vote for four years. Ed Miliband has hired Obama’s former advisor David Axelrod to help him with communicating the party’s policies – but that will not be enough if the party continues to lack a grand vision of what Britain under Labour can look like.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

I’ve recently finished reading Haruki Murakami’s book on running. Murakami is so brilliant that even if he were to describe how to fix a fridge, you wouldn’t be able to leave the book to rest. One section of the book is about his one-man run from Athens to Marathon, when he attempted to complete the original Marathon race. He was only followed by a van with a photographer in it, charged with the task to take pictures, to be used in the article that Murakami was to write afterwards.

In the second year of my PhD I started running – it’s amazing, you should try it

Who would have thought that a PhD in political philosophy is physically intensive? It was in the beginning of the second year that I started feeling weird pains in my lower back. A new chair didn’t help, neither did anything else, and being in my late twenties I couldn’t keep complaining — after all, complaining is an entitlement bestowed upon you with middle-age. So I had to do something about it.

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